Articles for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and everything is about hearts and love, although some people might wish for diamonds or chocolate instead. Learn about some plants with names related to this heart-centric holiday — and some potential gifts for this day — in these archived articles…

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Invasives and MG Plant Sales

With a few exceptions, Wis. Adm. Code ch. NR 40 prevents the sale, transport, and introduction of regulated species into the state of Wisconsin. Through partnerships with businesses, landowners, state agencies, and the public we successfully implemented NR 40 as a standard for classifying invasive species.

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Garden Calendar for February, 2017

Although February weather can be dull and gray, this month has two holidays celebrated by gardeners as well as a few other people. Groundhog Day on February 2nd predicts the start of spring even though it officially always starts in 6 weeks even if the weather is none too spring-like.  Read more in this month’s gardening calendar.

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Fat Plants

Succulent plants are appealing to many people with horticultural interests, in part because of their great diversity. One noteworthy subgroup of succulents are affectionately referred to as “fat plants”. Fat plants are generally leafy succulents with an enlarged trunk or base that give rise to stems and branches. They vary in size from tiny miniatures to the largest of all succulents. Their appeal is in their weird shapes and many also have colorful flowers. Get an overview of these plants and the basics of cultivation in this article…
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Articles on Diseases

Have you had a cold or the flu recently? Diseases affect not only us, but plants and other animals, too. The impacts of diseases on plants range from cosmetic spots to plant death. Learn about a few plant diseases you might encounter in the garden — and one disease that kills house flies — in these archived articles…

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Coffee Time

We were staying in an area of extensive coffee plantations, so this morning we took the Espírito Santo Coffee Tour to learn about this important crop. Our guide Ronnie first told us about the coffee fruits, which normally have two seeds, but the premium peaberry has only one (a genetic mutation that causes one seed to […]

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Hosta of the Year 2017: ‘Brother Stefan’

Each year the American Hosta Growers Association chooses one plant to feature as the Hosta of the Year. For 2017, this honor goes to ‘Brother Stefan, a large cultivar that produces a mound of thick, textured foliage. Find out more about this cultivar with a central chartreuse to gold patch and blue-green margin on the leaves in this article …

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Two Beautiful Gardens

Our first stop of the day was at Jardín Botáníco Lankester. This garden, maintained by the University of Costa Rica, is internationally known for its collections of epiphytes, including many orchids. The orchid collection includes over 15,000 accessions from nearly 1,000 species, most of which are native to Mesoamerica. We looked at a few of […]

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Quetzal Quest

This morning we headed further down the valley to Savegre Lodge where we loaded into two small 4WD vehicles for the tour into the forest on a steep, rutted dirt road full of rocks. Each vehicle had two bench seats in back along each edge, facing each other, that could accommodate up to 6 people. […]

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Into the Clouds

It was warm and steamy for our option morning bird walk, where we saw a lot of different things including a double-toothed hawk that posed nicely in the dim light, a yellow-bellied elaenia perched on some wires, then a bright-rumped attila flitting in the foliage. There was a bit of a lull, then we started […]

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